How to Install a Rain Chain

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on February 4, 2018

Watch the full episode: Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook installs a decorative and functional alternative to a downspout. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: Cost: $75 Skill Level: Beginner Tools List:
Masonry drill Shopping List:
Rain Chain
¾” stone
Decorative river stones Steps:
1. Decide where the rain chain will be hung and install a downspout outlet in the gutter in the desired location.
2. Dig a hole slightly wider than the width of your pot and at least 6” deep directly underneath the downspout outlet.
3. Fill the hole with the ¾” stone.
4. Flip the pot upside down and drill a few drainage holes with a masonry drill.
5. Put the pot in place on top of the hole filled with stone.
6. Next, hang the rain chain. Most rain chains usually come with specific installation instructions. It should hook right into the downspout outlet.
7. Once the rain chain in hung, put the chain in the pot and fill the pot about ¾ of the way with the ¾” stone.
8. Fill the pot the rest of the way with the river stones. Use whatever is left over to cover the base underneath the pot as well. Resources:
Roger installed a Circle Rain Chain, manufactured by Grasslands Road ( They can be found at some garden shops and also ordered through online retailers. Everything else Roger used for this project, including the stones, gravel, and mulch, can all be found at home centers and nurseries. Later, in the workshop, Roger showed three more decorative rain chains that included Lily Cups and Watering Cans by Ancient Graffiti ( and Fish Pure Copper by Good Directions ( Follow This Old House and Ask This Old House: Facebook:

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